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Chambers, Arreola Are Victorious

guinnLAS VEGAS (May 3, 2007) – photo by Tom Casino -- Two of boxing’s most promising young heavyweights, “Fast” Eddie Chambers and Cristibol “The Nightmare” Arreola, kept their unblemished records in tact in the co-featured bouts Friday on “ShoBox: The New Generation.’’

Chambers (29-0, 16 KOs) registered a unanimous 10-round decision over Dominick “The Southern Disaster’’ Guinn (28-5-1, 19 KOs) while Arreola (20-0, 18 KOs) scored an eighth-round TKO over Malcolm “The Show Stopper” Tann (23-3, 12 KOs).

The doubleheader at Palms Resort Casino was presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions and aired on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast)..

Chambers, of Philadelphia, by way of Pittsburgh, Pa., didn’t exactly pull a fast one over Guinn, of Houston, Tex., via Hot Springs, Ark., but the well-conditioned, six-foot-one inch, 25-year-old did enough to triumph by the scores of 97-93 twice and 100-90. The last tally seemed way out of line.

Arreola, of Riverside, Calif., by way of Los Angeles, mostly dominated a terrific action fight against Tann, of Chandler, Ariz., via Seaboard, N.C.. The bout was stopped at 1:07 of the eighth after the six-feet-four inch, 26-year-old knocked Tann through the ropes.

While content with a victory, Chambers was not exactly thrilled with his performance.

“I should have been a lot faster and a lot better,” he said. “I could have done a lot more than I did tonight. I could have been busier and thrown more combinations.

“You have to give Guinn a lot of credit. He is a tough guy who once was a top contender. I expected him to fight hard and he did. This is a great win for me, but I am not totally satisfied.

“I am going to really try and step it up next time.’’

Making his third start since rejoining trainer Ronnie Shields, Guinn fought perhaps his best fight in three years but it was not enough to stifle Chambers, who was as fresh in the 10th round as he was in the first.

Still, however, Guinn felt he’d done enough to win.

“This is very disappointing,” he said. “I thought the fight was mine. I didn’t do everything I wanted to do, but I was plenty adequate. I definitely think I proved that I could still fight.

“I don’t know what fight the judge that gave him all 10 rounds was watching. But I guess when you fight one of the promoter’s fighters, you have to knock him out to win.’’

Arreola’s exciting victory over a game, determined Tann was his eighth in a row inside the distance.

“All fights are tough and hard,’’ said Arreola, who had never fought past seven rounds. “I hit Tann with some good shots, but he took them all and threw a lot back, too,

“This was definitely a good step up for me against a big, experienced opponent. But I don’t like to analyze myself or my fights too closely. A win is a win.’’

Tann, who had never been knocked out, entered the match having won seven straight and 15 of 16.

“I can’t take anything away from Arreola, who is an excellent pressure fighter, but I screwed this fight up,” said Tann, who accepted the fight on five day’s notice. “It wasn’t about what he did as much as what I didn’t do. I didn’t come to fall down for anybody.

“I was trying to lean back against the ropes, and just fell through them. I was clear-headed and wanted to continue but the referee stopped the fight before I even had a chance to try and start to get up.’’


Nick Charles (blow-by-blow), Steve Farhood (color analyst) and former two-time world heavyweight champion Chris Byrd (special guest commentator) called the action from ringside.

The executive producer of “ShoBox” was Gordon Hall with Richard Gaughan producing.

Friday’s bouts will re-air as follows:

DAY CHANNEL

Saturday, May 5, at Midnight ET/PT SHOTOO

Monday, May 7, at 10 p.m. ET/PT SHO EXTREME

Tuesday, May 8, at Midnight ET/PT SHO EXTREME

Thursday, May 10, at 11 p.m. ET/PT SHOTOO

The next “ShoBox” telecast Friday, June 1 (SHOWTIME, 11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) will feature the return to the network of two of boxing’s top young, world-ranked prospects.

Hard-hitting World Boxing Organization (WBO) No. 13 junior middleweight contender James “Mandingo Warrior’’ Kirkland (18-0, 16 KOs) will be opposed by a boxer who never has been stopped, Ossie Duran (23-5-1, 9 KOs), and World Boxing Council (WBC) No. 5/World Boxing Association (WBA) No. 9 junior welterweight contender Timothy “Desert Storm’’ Bradley (19-0, 11 KOs) meets Donald Camarena (18-3, 9 KOs) from Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif.

The next edition of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING is Saturday, June 9 (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). In the main event, former WBC, WBA and International Boxing Federation (IBF) light heavyweight champion Antonio “Magic Man’’ Tarver (24-4, 18 KOs) makes his highly anticipated return to the ring against Elvir Muriqi (34-3, 21 KOs).

Undefeated “Awesome’’ Chad Dawson (23-0, 15 KOs) makes the first defense of his WBC light heavyweight crown against power-punching Jesus Ruiz (19-4, 17 KOs) in the June 9 co-feature.



For more information on “ShoBox: The New Generation” and SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecasts, including complete fighter bios, records, related stories and more, please go to the SHOWTIME website at http://www.sho.com/boxing.

Article posted on 04.05.2007



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